3 attorneys nominated for 7th District judge

The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission on Tuesday forwarded the names of three attorneys to Gov. John Hickenlooper to become the district’s newest judge.

The nominees are Peter Bogardus of Crested Butte, Mary Deganhart of Ridgway and Marcus Lock of Gunnison.

The governor has 15 days to name one of the three to the $128,000-a-year job.

The opening was created by the Colorado Legislature during this year’s session. Lawmakers approved taking a district judgeship away from the 1st Judicial District, which includes Jefferson and Gilpin counties, and transferring the post to the 7th District, which includes Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

The change was approved because the 1st District lacks room to house an additional judge, and the 7th District needs another one. Currently, there are 14 district judges in the 1st District, while the 7th has four.

Bogardus is the principal attorney in Bogardus & Associates in Crested Butte. He also works part-time as a municipal judge in Salida.

Deganhart, who is Ouray County’s attorney, has practiced law for nearly 30 years.

Lock is a named partner in the Gunnison firm of Bratton Hill Wilderson & Lock. He specializes in water law, appeals and real estate matters.

Local residents can make comments on any of the three nominees to the governor via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The new position also means the district will get three new clerks to aid the new judge, positions that pay as much as $60,000 a year.


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